Cape Elizabeth winners a blend of familiar, new faces

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CAPE ELIZABETH —  Jessica Sullivan, Sara Lennon and Jamie Garvin won three seats on the Town Council in Tuesday’s election.

Heather Altenburg, Elizabeth Scifres and John Voltz were elected to the School Board.

Sullivan, the only incumbent councilor, received 1,372 votes, Lennon received 1,273 and Garvin received 1,262. The seats are for three-year terms.

Four other candidates trailed the three winners: Ralph “Alex” Miller with 764 votes, Victoria Volent with 596, Imogene Altznauer with 486, and Roger Bishop with 445.

Sullivan has been on the council since 2009. This will be her third term. 

“I’m absolutely delighted to be re-elected,” she said. “I’m looking forward to serving again. I enjoy doing this and I’m thrilled to be able to serve for another three years.”

Lennon, a freelance writer and graphic designer, previously served on the Town Council from 2006-2012. She didn’t seek re-election in the 2012 election.

She said she’s grateful to the voters for electing her again.

“I’m looking forward to working collaboratively with a wonderful group of councilors,” Lennon said. “I will solicit citizen views frequently and do my very best to represent the wishes of the awesome people that make up the Cape Elizabeth community.”

Garvin, who works in marketing, has been on the town’s Recycling Committee for six years and said he’s “very excited and very proud” to be elected to the Town Council.

“I really appreciate the support of everyone behind my campaign,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to working with the newly elected councilors and returning ones.”

Miller said although he wasn’t elected, he enjoyed running.

“I’m a little disappointed, but I think all three of the winners ran great campaigns,” he said. “I got a lot out of running and I learned a lot about the issues in Cape Elizabeth.”

Bishop said he wishes he had won, but said all the candidates were worthy of being elected.

“Of course I would have liked to win, but I think it was a good slate of candidates,” he said. “I think all the candidates have the residents’ best interests in mind.”

Volent and Altznauer didn’t return requests for comment.

School Board

In the School Board election, Altenburg received 1,618 votes, Scifres received 1,594 and Voltz received 1,306. The seats are for three-year terms.

Bill Gross finished last with 1,240 votes.

Altenburg, a yoga instructor, has lived in Cape Elizabeth for 10 years and has three children in local schools. This will be her first time holding public office.

“I’m really excited,” she said. “I’m so thrilled to feel so supported by the community and I’m excited to get into the role and start the work.”

Scifres has lived in town for 11 years and has two kids in Cape schools. She served on the School Board for one term, from 2011-2014, and lost her re-election bid last year. 

“I’m excited to be a part of the School Board again,” she said. “I’m eager to get back to work.”

Voltz, a consultant, has lived in town for five years and has two children in the school system. This will be his first time holding public office.

“I look forward to the work ahead,” he said. “I was overall delighted with the process (of running).”

Gross said he was disappointed by the outcome of the election.

“I have many ideas about making major changes to our school system here in Cape Elizabeth, and now I fear these ideas will never see the light of day,” he said. “I congratulate all the School Board election winners and give them all my best wishes.”

Cape Elizabeth had a voter turnout of 33 percent.

Kate Gardner can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or Follow her on Twitter: @katevgardner.

Cape Elizabeth Town Councilor Jessica Sullivan, left, who was re-elected in Tuesday’s election, and candidate Victoria Volent, who was not elected, at Cape Elizabeth High School where they greeted voters Tuesday.







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